European Catholic Communities

Our office ministers to various European communities that are established in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Annually in March, we offer a traditional Mass in Gaelic for Irish Catholics. Our Polish Community holds a monthly prayer group called Jezu Ufam Tobie, meaning 'Jesus, I Trust in You.' They pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in both Polish and English. 

We also offer pastoral services in Italian, German and French, although no organized Masses are being held in these languages at this time. Please contact our office for more information.

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Polish Connections Lead To Big Fundraising Efforts

For several years, a priest from the Diocese of Sosnowiec, Poland — Father Karol Nędza — was in residence at St. Rita Church in Alexandria while working on his doctorate. Now back in Poland, Father Nędza and his diocese are doing what they can to serve the more than a million Ukrainian refugees who are seeking safety in Poland. He also recently traveled to Lviv, Ukraine, with Sosnowiec Bishop Grzegorz Kaszak to provide aid to the Ukrainians there.

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St. Bridget of Ireland Church in Berryville Blesses New Statue of Storied Saint

St. Bridget of Ireland Church in Berryville has a beautiful stained-glass window of St. Bridget, and a St. Bridget’s cross in the overhang of the choir loft. There’s also an icon of the saint in the sacristy.

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St. Teresa of Avila's Life of Prayer Made Her 'Exceptional,' Pope Says

While St. Teresa of Avila was outstanding in many ways, her union with Christ through prayer made her an "exceptional woman," Pope Francis said.

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Irish Catholic Sculptor Hopes to Inspire with His Liturgical Art

When he was 7 years old, Dony Mac Manus’ mother gave him a bag of clay for his birthday. The boy wasn’t thrilled to receive what he considered a bit of mud. But he soon learned to create beautiful things with that humble bag of moldable earth. “She showed me how to make whatever I wanted,” said Mac Manus. “It opened up a whole world to me.”

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Pope Marks 90th Anniversary of Divine Mercy Apparition

VATICAN CITY — Marking the 90th anniversary of the apparition of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Catholics in Poland expressing his hope that Christ's message of divine mercy would remain "alive in the hearts of the faithful."


Austrian Peace Light Tradition Continues, Despite Pandemic

BERLIN — The year, the Christmas tradition of the Peace Light of Bethlehem continues, despite COVID-19 restrictions and border and church closures.

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Parade-goers Don Green for St. Patrick’s Day

The 39th annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by the Ballyshaners, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote and preserve Irish heritage, was held March 7 along King Street in Old Town Alexandria.

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Ancient Order of Hibernians

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is America’s oldest Irish Catholic fraternal organization, founded in 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a series of similar societies that existed in Ireland for more than 300 years. The AOH promotes Irish culture, history, music, traditions and charitable giving. Find out more about the Alexandria, VA Division.

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Learn to Read the Divine Mercy Chaplet in Polish

Learn to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in Polish, with fellow Polish American Catholics from the Diocese of Arlington. We will recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet in English followed by learning the Chaplet in Polish -- plus learn how to incorporate the meditation and meaning of the four wounds of Christ while saying the Chaplet.

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Multicultural Mass Information

Discover when and where to attend a Mass in a different language or with a specific culture. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington offers multiple, regular Masses for the following communities: Brazilian, Cameroon, Deaf Ministry, Eritrean (Ge'ez Rite), Filipino, Irish (Gaelic), Ghanaian, Indian Syro-Malabar Rite, Indian (Tamil), Korean, Sierra Leone and Vietnamese.

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